A novella about a boy named Mick and his struggles with life. His parents' divorce and a friend's suicide make his world unbearable. Each cut has a deeper meaning. A cry for help. I spin my dad's Ruger SP101 revolver on the wood floor of my bedroom. Sometimes, just to see what it feels like, I place the tip of the gun against my temple, but I never once pull the trigger. NO! I'm more into the slice of the blade against my skin and the blood running down my arm. It relieves so much pressure. And I can breathe again....
Alexis has had big dreams all her life, and she's worked hard to make them happen! After college, she married and had a beautiful baby boy, living her dream as "Mommy" until Colton was safely entrenched in grade school. She lands her dream job at NASA, and her supportive husband, Jay, takes the lead on raising their son. The perfect family, right? Twelve years later with no warning and no reason, Jay commits suicide. Colton goes into denial and blames his mother; Alexis buries herself in her work.
Two years after their marriage, Jim Culback wasn't the man Clare thought he was. How many more broken promises could she accept? After packing and moving everything they owned from Ohio to Naples, Florida, she actually thought their marriage would improve. But as time went by, she couldn't take the beatings, lies, or cheating any longer. But could her husband be capable of homicide? Is Jim responsible for the murders of two women?
Carly Boyles was once popular and dated the captain of the football team. She wanted to be like any other 15-year-old teenage girl at Lakeport Central High School, but Taylor Ryans changed everything. Two weeks after their break-up, Carly can't find a reason to live after she finds her best friend Staci Garrison hanging all over her ex-boyfriend, Taylor Ryans. Carly decides to take matters into her own hands, but is it more than just the break-up that has her world falling apart?
Carla Michaels' life isn't what she thought it was. She met her loving husband in college. She had a career as a teacher. All she ever wanted to complete her life was a baby. After five miscarriages, Carla had almost given up hope of ever becoming a mother. Then a devastating tragedy strikes, and everything she had ever loved is gone - now she's left torn and shattered, wondering if she can go on with life. Unexpectedly, she receives an envelope full of books - journals that were kept hidden from her.
Twenty-six years later, Deanna Iris and her son, Brent, move back to the town she grew up in--back where her secret began and her life changed forever. As she is unpacking boxes, she receives a call from Officer Bates, stating her sister and son have been taken to Mendota Community Hospital after being critically injured in a car accident.